JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE.
Friday, December 26, 2003.
 
 
Met according to adjournment, at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session, with Mr. Falzone of Saugus in the Chair (having been appointed by the Speaker, under authority conferred by Rule 5, to perform the duties of the Chair).
At the request of the Chair (Mr. Falzone), the members, guests and employees jointed with him in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Resolutions.

Resolutions (filed with the Clerk by Mr. Patrick of Falmouth) honoring Jamaal Branch, were referred, under Rule 85, to the committee on Rules.
Mr. Petrolati of Ludlow, for the committee on Rules, then reported that the resolutions ought to be adopted. Under suspension of the rules, on motion of Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, the resolutions (reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn) were considered forthwith; and they were adopted.

Communication.

A communication from Wonderland Greyhound Park, Inc. (under the provisions of Paragraph 7 of Section 2 of Chapter 128C of the General Laws) submitting copies of contracts for the simulcasting of dog races, was placed on file.

Papers from the Senate.
A Bill authorizing the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey certain land to Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts (Senate, No. 2178) (on Senate bill, No. 2100), passed to be engrossed by the Senate, was read; and it was referred, under Rule 33, to the committee on Ways and Means.

Bills
Designating state highway route 146 in the town of Uxbridge as the Lydia Taft Highway (Senate, No. 1890) (on a petition);
Designating a certain bridge in the city of Quincy as the Paul D. Harold memorial bridge (Senate, No. 1980, changed in lines 7, 8 and 9, by striking out the words “and maintain a suitable bearing the designation in compliance with the standards of the Department” and inserting in place thereof the words “suitable markers bearing the designation in compliance with the standards of the department. The department of public works for the city of Quincy shall be responsible for the maintenance of the markers” (as changed by the Senate committee on Bills in the Third Reading) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received];
Relative to a betterment assessment in the town of Sturbridge (Senate, No. 2030) (on a petition) [Local Approval Received];
Severally passed to be engrossed by the Senate, were read; and they were referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.
Severally passed to be engrossed by the Senate, were read; and they were referred, under Rule 7A, to the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling.

Reports of a Committee.

By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill designating a certain bridge in the town of Methuen as the Joseph S. Franciosa Bridge (House, No. 3898) be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill relative to the granting of licenses in the town of Lexington for the sale of alcoholic beverages  by restaurants with a seating capacity of less than ninety-nine persons (House, No. 4172) [Local Approval Received] be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Ms. Rogeness of Longmeadow, the bill was read a second time forthwith; and it was ordered to a third reading.
By Mr. Kujawski of Webster, for the committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling, that the House Bill relative to fees charged for the sending of bills and invoices by postal mail (House, No. 4294) be scheduled for consideration by the House.
Under suspension of Rule 7A, on motion of Mr. Demakis of Boston, the bill was read a second time forthwith.
Pending the question on ordering the bill to a third reading, Messrs. Demakis and Mr. Jones of North Reading moved that it be amended by substitution of a bill with the same title (House, No. 4398), which was read.
The amendment was adopted; and the substituted bill was ordered to a third reading.

Emergency Measure.

The engrossed Bill relative to voting equipment (see House, No. 4243), having been certified by the Clerk to be rightly and truly prepared for final passage, was considered, the question being on adopting the emergency preamble.
A separate vote was taken, as required by the provisions of Article XLVIII (as amended by Article LXVII) of the Amendments to the Constitution; and the preamble was adopted, by a vote of 2 to 0. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Orders of the Day.

The Senate Bill authorizing the town of Millbury to issue additional licenses for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises (Senate, No. 2056, amended) (its title having been changed by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading), reported by said committee to be correctly drawn, was read a third time; and it was passed to be engrossed, in concurrence.
The House Bill relative to group marketing plans (House, No. 4295), reported by the committee on Bills in the Third Reading to be correctly drawn, was read a third time and it was passed to be engrossed. Sent to the Senate for concurrence.

Order.

On motion of Mr. DiMasi of Boston,—
Ordered, That when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M.
At twelve minutes after eleven o’clock A.M., on motion of Mr. Demakis of Boston (Mr. Falzone of Saugus being in the Chair), the House adjourned, to meet on Monday next at eleven o’clock A.M., in an Informal Session.